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Old 07-16-2005, 08:20 AM   #1
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Your Input on Drum Albums!

Hey All,

One of my friends is going to begin an educational product on the Top 50 Drumming Albums (that were listed in DRUM! magazine. I'm not sure when it was in the mag, or what the criteria was), but the list is below (49 is here, I'm missing the 50th!).

50 albums is a lot to work on, so he wants to do work on 10 or 25. I wanted to see what albums would be YOUR Top 10 out of this list in terms of enjoyment and/or desirable learning material.

Thanks for your input!!

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Album: So
Drummers: Manu Katche, Jerry Marotta, Stewart Copeland

Artist: Miles Davis
Album: Milestones
Drummer: Philly Joe Jones
Artist: John Coltrane
Album: Love Supreme
Drummer: Elvin Jones

Artist: Nirvana
Album: Nevermind
Drummer: Dave Grohl

Artist: Police
Album: Zenyatta Mondatta
Drummer: Stewart Copeland

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Album: Live at The Fillmore East
Drummer: Bernard Purdie

Artist: Led Zeppelin
Album: Physical Graffiti
Drummer: John Bonham

Artist: Steely Dan
Album: Katy Lied
Drummers: Jeff Porcaro, Hal Blaine

Artist: Steely Dan
Album: Aja
Drummers: Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Rick Marotta, Ed Greene, Jim Keltner, Paul Humphrey

Artist: Tower of Power
Album: In the Slot
Drummer: David Garibaldi

Artist: John Mellancamp
Album: Lonesome Jubilee
Drummer: Kenny Aronoff

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Abbey Road
Drummer: Ringo Starr

Artist: Zakir Hussain
Album: Magical Moments of Rhythm
Drummer: Zakir Hussain

Artist: Santamaria Mongo
Album: Afro Roots
Drummers: All-star Percussion Section, including Willie Bobo, Francisco Aguabella, Carlos Vidal, and Armando Perazza

Artist: King Crimson
Album: In the Court of the Crimson King
Drummer: Michael Giles

Artist: Little Village
Album: Little Village
Drummer: Jim Keltner

Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Album: Are You Experienced
Drummer: Mitch Mitchell

Artist: Jeff Beck
Album: Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop
Drummer: Terry Bozzio

Artist: Bata Ketu
Album: A Musical Interplay of Cuba and Brazil Music
Drummers: Michael Spiro and Mark Lamson

Artists: Elvin Jones, Charlie Persip, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones
Album: Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland
Drummers: Elvin Jones, Charlie Persip, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones

Artist: The New Tony Williams Lifetime
Album: Believe It
Drummer: Tony Williams

Artist: Joni Mitchell
Album: Court & Spark
Drummer: John Guerin

Artist: Mahavishnu Orchestra
Album: Birds of Fire
Drummer: Billy Cobham

Artist: Babatunde Olatunju
Album: Drums of Passion
Drummer: Babatunde Olatunju

Artist: Joe Jones Trio
Drummer: Joe Jones

Artist: Blood, Sweat & Tears
Album: Spinning Wheel
Drummer: Bobby Colomby

Artist: Miles Davis Quartet
Album: Four & More
Drummer: Tony Williams

Artist: King Crimson
Album: Lark's Tongues in Aspic
Drummer: Bill Bruford

Artist: Deep Purple
Album: Burn
Drummer: Ian Paice

Artist: Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Album: Basin Street
Drummer: Max Roach

Artist: Sly & The Family Stone
Album: Fresh
Drummer: Andy Newmark

Artist: Chic Corea & Return To Forever
Album: Light as a Feather
Drummer: Airto Moreira

Artist: Booker T. & The MG's
Album: Green Onions
Drummer: Al Jackson, Jr.

Artist: The Beach Boys
Album: Pet Sounds
Drummer: Jim Gordon, Nick Martinis, Dennis Wilson

Artist: The Who
Album: Whos Next
Drummer: Keith Moon

Artist: Cream
Album: Wheels of Fire
Drummer: Ginger Baker

Artist: Buddy Rich & Max Roach
Album: Rich versus Roach
Drummer: Buddy Rich, Max Roach

Artist: Herbie Hancock
Album: Thrust
Drummer: Mike Clark

Artist: The Meters
Album: Live on the Queen Mary
Drummer: Joseph (Zigaboo) Modeliste

Artist: Frank Zappa
Album: Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
Drummer: Terry Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta
Percussion: Ed Mann

Artist: Billy Cobham
Album: Spectrum
Drummer: Billy Cobham

Artist: Chick Corea
Album: The Chick Corea Elektric Band
Drummer: Dave Weckl

Artist: Keith Jarrett
Album: Standards
Drummer: Jack DeJohnette

Artist: Soundgarden
Album: Superunknown
Drummer: Matt Cameron

Artist: James Brown
Album: Star Time
Drummer: John "Jabo" Starks, Nat Kendrick

Artist: Mamady Keita & Sewa Kan
Album: Wassolon
Drummer: Mamday Keita

Artist: Shona Mbira
Album: Africa: Shona Mbira Music (now called Zimbabwe: Shona Mbira Music)
Drummers: Mhuri yekwaRwizi (“Family of [Chief] Rwizi”), one of the most famous groups in Zimbabwe

Artist: Glen Velez
Album: Ramana
Drummer: Glen Velez, Layne Redmond and Jan Hagiwara

Artist: Machito & His Afro-Cuban Salseros
Album: Mucho Macho
Drummers: Jose Mangual, Candido, "Patato" Valde, Luis Miranda, and Ubaldo Nieto (This Percussion List To be Verified)
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Old 07-16-2005, 11:49 PM   #2
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..Only 10? only 25? Ouf...as if 50 was hard enough!

I think there should be TWO lists, a Level One and a level two. The more obscure (but beautiful drumming) discs made to be a level two, and the ones that will have a great impact on the new ears that discover them on level one, so with that in mind... I will put a number one or number two by each entry.

I will give it my most educated try....

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Album: So - 1
Drummer: Manu Katche, Stewart Copeland,

Artist: Miles Davis
Album: Milestones - 1
Drummer: Philly Joe Jones

Artist: John Coltrane
Album: Love Supreme - 1
Drummer: Elvin Jones

(These NEED to be in there because they are touchstones of drumming)
(Add "Kind Of Blue" also)

Artist: Nirvana
Album: Nevermind - 1
Drummer: Dave Grohl
I think this album in there is more because of the energy level the drums bring to this album, as opposed to sheer technique...

Artist: The Police
Album: Zenyatta Mondatta - 1
Drummer: Stewart Copeland
(Any Police album would do, not just Zenyatta)

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Album: Live at The Fillmore East - 2
Drummer: Bernard Purdie

Artist: Led Zeppelin
Album: Physical Graffiti - 1
Drummer: John Bonham

Artist: Steely Dan
Album: Aja - 2
Drummers: Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Rick Marotta, Ed Greene, Jim Keltner, Paul Humphrey
Of all the Steely Dan albums, "Aja" is the most "drummer", if that means anything...

Artist: Tower of Power
Album: In the Slot - 2
Drummer: David Garibaldi

Artist: John Mellancamp
Album: Lonesome Jubilee - 2
Drummer: Kenny Aronoff

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Abbey Road - 1
Drummer: Ringo Starr

Artist: Zakir Hussain
Album: Magical Moments of Rhythm - 2
Drummer: Zakir Hussain

Artist: Santamaria Mongo
Album: Afro Roots - 2
Drummers: All-star Percussion Section, including Willie Bobo, Francisco Aguabella, Carlos Vidal, and Armando Perazza

Artist: King Crimson
Album: In the Court of the Crimson King - 2
Drummer: Michael Giles

Artist: Little Village
Album: Little Village - 2
Drummer: Jim Keltner

Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Album: Are You Experienced - 1
Drummer: Mitch Mitchell

Artist: Jeff Beck
Album: Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop - 1
Drummer: Terry Bozzio

Artist: Bata Ketu
Album: A Musical Interplay of Cuba and Brazil Music - 2
Drummers: Michael Spiro and Mark Lamson

Artists: Elvin Jones, Charlie Persip, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones
Album: Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland - 1
Drummers: Elvin Jones, Charlie Persip, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones

Artist: The New Tony Williams Lifetime
Album: Believe It - 1
Drummer: Tony Williams

Artist: Joni Mitchell
Album: Court & Spark - 2
Drummer: John Guerin

Artist: Mahavishnu Orchestra
Album: Birds of Fire - 1
Drummer: Billy Cobham

Artist: Babatunde Olatunju
Album: Drums of Passion - 2
Drummer: Babatunde Olatunju

Artist: Joe Jones Trio
Drummer: Joe Jones - 1

Artist: Blood, Sweat & Tears
Album: Spinning Wheel - 2
Drummer: Bobby Colomby

Artist: Miles Davis Quartet
Album: Four & More - 2
Drummer: Tony Williams
(Nefertiti is the better choice, the band became more focused when Wayne Shorter joined the group)

Artist: King Crimson
Album: Lark's Tongues in Aspic - 2
Drummer: Bill Bruford

Artist: Deep Purple
Album: Burn - 1
Drummer: Ian Paice

Artist: Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Album: At Basin Street - 1
Drummer: Max Roach

Artist: Sly & The Family Stone
Album: Fresh - 1
Drummer: Andy Newmark

Artist: Chick Corea & Return To Forever
Album: Light as a Feather - 2
Drummer: Airto Moreira
(Also, RTF with Lenny White is a great study, too)

Artist: Booker T. & The MG's
Album: Green Onions - 1
Drummer: Al Jackson, Jr.

Artist: The Beach Boys
Album: Pet Sounds - 1
Drummer: Jim Gordon, Nick Martinis, Dennis Wilson

Artist: The Who
Album: Whos Next - 1
Drummer: Keith Moon

Artist: Cream
Album: Wheels of Fire - 1
Drummer: Ginger Baker

Artist: Buddy Rich & Max Roach
Album: Rich versus Roach - 1
Drummer: Buddy Rich, Max Roach

Artist: Herbie Hancock
Album: Thrust - 2
Drummer: Mike Clark
(It is one of my FAVORITE albums, but I consider it more of a BASS record, IMO)

Artist: The Meters
Album: Live on the Queen Mary - 1
Drummer: Joseph (Zigaboo) Modeliste

Artist: Frank Zappa
Album: Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar - 1
Drummer: Terry Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta
Percussion: Ed Mann
(Joe's Garage has to be in there, but the subject matter is 'questionable', so "Shut Up" is a reasonable alternative)

Artist: Billy Cobham
Album: Spectrum - 1
Drummer: Billy Cobham
(He ushered in a whole new style of 'in-your-face' drumming)

Artist: Chick Corea
Album: The Chick Corea Elektric Band - 2
Drummer: Dave Weckl

Artist: Keith Jarrett
Album: Standards - 2
Drummer: Jack DeJohnette
(Jack's concept requires a more evolved ear, thus the number 2 distinction)

Artist: Soundgarden
Album: Superunknown - 1
Drummer: Matt Cameron

Artist: James Brown
Album: Star Time - 1
Drummer: John "Jabo" Starks, Nat Kendrick, Clyde Stubblefield
( A Must if you want to play "Funk" correctly)

Artist: Mamady Keita & Sewa Kan
Album: Wassolon - 2
Drummer: Mamday Keita

Artist: Shona Mbira
Album: Africa: Shona Mbira Music (now called Zimbabwe: Shona Mbira Music) - 2
Drummers: Mhuri yekwaRwizi (“Family of [Chief] Rwizi”), one of the most famous groups in Zimbabwe

Artist: Glen Velez
Album: Ramana - 2
Drummer: Glen Velez, Layne Redmond and Jan Hagiwara

Artist: Machito & His Afro-Cuban Salseros
Album: Mucho Macho - 2
Drummers: Jose Mangual, Candido, "Patato" Valde, Luis Miranda, and Ubaldo Nieto (This Percussion List To be Verified)

I hope that helps, somewhat. It is difficult to say your favorite one, let alone putting a 1 or a 2, especially since I'm not too familiar with some of them. Take of it what you wish, I don't mind.
Thanks for reading!
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Old 07-17-2005, 05:45 PM   #3
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Wheres Joe's Garage?
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Old 07-18-2005, 10:56 AM   #4
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"Ten Summoner's Tales", anyone?
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:51 PM   #5
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I mentioned...even recommend Joe's Garage. The problem is, if its a problem (it's not to me, because its ZAPPA) the subject matter is "questionable". On sheer music alone, it places, highly rather, but some parents and individuals unfamiliar with Zappa may object.


Its extremely difficult to do these "top 10 - 25 - 50 - 100 - 200 - 300,000,000" recordings because they are so subjective. One mans Vinnie is another mans Dennis.
So I prefer to just listen, and if there are those lists, I will look and plan accordingly. It's not something to dwell on.
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Old 07-22-2005, 12:32 PM   #6
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"Ten Summoner's Tales", anyone?......yeah love that album!

Drums albums I love...

Master Plan
Sketchbook
OTV-SYI
CHick Corea ...all albums
Van Halen...all albums
Deep Purple...all
LEd Zep...all
Toto...all
The Cure...all
The beatles...all
POT
RUSH...all but definitely Moving Pictures I'll bring in an isolated island.
Dream Theater...all
Planet X...all

etc.....
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:17 PM   #7
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I'd like to add Michel Camilo's Live in Tokyo, with El Negro, and

Porcupine Tree's Deadwing, with Gavin Harrison.

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Old 10-03-2006, 02:16 PM   #8
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Missing Persons - Spring Session M ?
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Old 10-05-2006, 01:01 PM   #9
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Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
Jimmy Chamberlin
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:10 PM   #10
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Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Drums - Aaron Comess GREAT DRUMMER!!!

Candiria - All albums
Drummer Kenneth Schalk
http://www.myspace.com/candiria
GREAT HIP-HOP HARD CORE BAND - The best for me!!!

and many more bands and drummers!!
i think your friend needs to make top 50 in every diferent style of music:
swing,pop,rock,metal,R&B,hip-Hop and ........
CHEERS!!
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:40 AM   #11
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Don't Include Nirvana, that's not a good drumming cd at all in my opinion.

Artist- Dave Matthews Band
Album- Crash or Under The Table and Dreaming
Drummer - Carter Beauford!

Artist- Tool
Album- 10,000 Days
Drummer- Danny Carey

There's my 2 cents!
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Let me just put the ultimate stuff here:

On The Virg - Serious Young Insects

Planet X - Quantum

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Quote:
Originally Posted by johngregson
"Ten Summoner's Tales", anyone?


Although this was quoted from a post that's three years old, Vinnie gets me everytime on that album.
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